LM Wind Power to Build 44K-SF Warehouse at Little Rock Port

LM Wind Power to Build 44K-SF Warehouse at Little Rock Port
Company officials and representatives from the city of Little Rock the Little Rock Regional Chamber break ground on a 44,000-SF warehouse for LM Wind Power at Little Rock Port. (Lance Turner)

LM Wind Power said Friday that it will consolidate its two Little Rock operations at the city's port and build a new 44,000-SF warehouse there to open in July.

The company, which employs 450 people across two sites in the city, said the expansion will allow it to store materials at its Little Rock Port operation, cutting transportation costs and increasing efficiencies.

"We are very excited about this new building," said Bill Burga Jr., the senior project director of global operations for the Danish company. "Gathering all of our activities in one location will improve operation efficiencies and allow us to serve our customers even better. We are investing in the future and this consolidation of facilities further cements our commitment to Little Rock."

Burga said he could not disclose the cost of the new warehouse, described as a "pre-molding building," where workers perform tasks before making the actual wind blades.

LM Wind Power's other site is at 7400 Scott Hamilton Drive. Burga said the company is letting the lease run out on that facility, decommissioning its operations there and moving equipment and its 75 employs to the new warehouse at the port. It plans to be out of the Scott Hamilton site in August.

LM Wind Power came to Arkansas in July 2007 and opened its $150 million North American headquarters at the Port of Little Rock in 2008.

Burga said LM Wind Power used the Scott Hamilton site to get a quick foothold in the market.

"The plan all along has been, after that, we'd build this building and eventually migrate from that building to this location here," he said.

Burga was optimistic that, after a tough few years in the wind sector, the industry is back on track.

"Right now, looking forward, it looks like we ought to be reasonably stable — it looks like, unless something changes," he said. "There's so many environmental factors that can influence wind. But I think wind is finding its way. … The market appears to be reasonably aggressive, I guess, and we expect to be a part of that."